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January 7, 2015 / philosophermouseofthehedge

No warmth in gold.

An early bloomer, the towhead beauty. It worried them.

At that tender age, should have been pliant. And listened.

1962. Marilyn Monroe/George Barris/US,no copy right/

Golden child of summer.(1962.Marilyn Monroe George Barris/USPD/

But she had made resolutions only a week ago not to put off life.

Her long neck swan-like when she preened, pretending she wasn’t aware others were admiring.

Ignoring those old crones warning “Wise, too late.”

She didn’t care. Eager for the wild life.

She flirted with those scorned: the ones weeded out of selective company.

Vintage film. couples dancing. 1921. Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse.Metro Pictures Corp./

Admit it. You wish you were here. (1921Metro Pictures Corp./

They tsk, tsk-ed over her association with such. Lowlife.

“First adopters,” she bantered back.

Early risers.

Trend setters.

Seasonally fashion forward.

Ahead of the curve.

“You’ll find the ultra cool ones,” they countered, “to be cold comfort.”

Willowy, and swayed by those eager to shadow her elegance, she decided to stick her neck out.

Show some moxy.

Win their applause for her daring.

Her wide gown spread like petals. Her fluffy coiffure like burnished gold.

Three pretty girls with flowers in their hair. The Three Graces. Emile Vernon/USPD.

Inviting group, yes? (Emile Vernon /USPD/

She held court: a salon delighting in the flaunting society’s conventions.

Garbo, Marilyn, Madonna, Gaga. To all, she could easily be compared.

But, if standing next to her, they would feel oddly uncomfortable – like second best.

A flaxen beauty sassily outshining all.

She wasn’t ready for the abrupt cold shoulder that arrived without warning.


Uncertain, she looked to those gathered at her feet.

Now they had nothing to give her.

No support. No warmth.

Despair replace the sunshine wrapped around her throat.

dandelions blooming in winter

So bold. So brave. Living wild and free. A natural life. But have you check the weather maps recently?©

Windblown, she succumbed.

Bent. Shredded. Limp.

Never designed for surviving harsh frigid winds.

Weather map. screenshot of Arctic blast arriving  to the Gulf Coast. screenshot

Who left the arctic door open? She’s not dressed for this weather! (screenshot.

“Wise, too late.” she heard the mournful echoes.

Sadly she had to concur.

Dandelions shouldn’t bloom in January.


Philosopher Mouse of the Hedge.

White dandelion puff - in December

OK. Given the white fluff, it would be kind to assume some sort of Alzheimer’s confusion. But otherwise, Dandelions, it’s January and the arctic blast coming! ©




  1. shoreacres / Jan 7 2015 2:02 pm

    I’m just in from “making arrangements.” Next? A quick trip to Kilgore’s for a 7′ dowel to help support some freeze cloth, and it’s all pretty good. In the meantime, Dixie’s amusing herself by sniffing the new indoor jungle. Bring it on! (Oh, and there needs to be an extra portion of shelled sunflower and pecans for the little critters who won’t get inside, even if they were willing.)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 7 2015 2:18 pm

      Heading out to do the wrap up before the wind hits. Molly’s out in the fields running this morning to keep her from helping so much and to run off some energy – it’s funny she almost goes into suspended animation during bad weather…maybe malamutes are the closest things to wolves in dens.
      Paw waves to delighted Dixie!


  2. Seumas Gallacher / Jan 7 2015 2:55 pm

    terrific post 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 8 2015 1:31 am

      Glad you found something that tickled your brain. Made me smile. Thanks for gathering some warm thoughts for here


  3. Kate Crimmins / Jan 7 2015 3:55 pm

    She had her day and I bet she enjoyed it. We had pansies Christmas week. They are now covered with snow.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 8 2015 1:30 am

      Normally pansies are our winter flowers. But I did move the big pot of them to a more sheltered spot by a blanketed palm..hope their velvet texture manages to keep them warm. Molly will probably become exhausted from barking at the odd lumpy plant wrappings…we shut the blinds, but she peeks through the door panes. Hope the snow is at least pretty to look at there. Thanks for shoo-ing a comment over

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  4. Carrie Rubin / Jan 7 2015 6:20 pm

    I think it’s safe to say I won’t be seeing any dandelions in my yard anytime soon. Ohio has turned white. Sigh. (Great post!)


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 8 2015 1:27 am

      Foolish plants! The weather whiplashing temps have them really confused. I’ve also seen wild spring violets blooming, and the clover, too. Hey, if you can’t get out, more time to write! (School back in session here – no snow days…but if pipes start breaking….) Thanks for warmly wrapping up a comment

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  5. JackieP / Jan 7 2015 9:54 pm

    I don’t think our Canadian dandelions are quiet so brave, or dumb. Not sure which. It’s been too cold and too snowy for much except icicles.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 8 2015 1:25 am

      These types of winters are nutty for plants. One day it may be 60’s – close to 70, and they think it’s spring. Then comes the ice and arctic blast. But on the good side, I think the yellow jackets in the bush by the faucet have abandoned that nest…so I don’t have to feel guilty about spraying them.
      You have cold, but hopefully it pretty most of the time – not frozen mud like the backyard here. Stay warm! Thanks for warming up the comment pile


  6. heretherebespiders / Jan 7 2015 9:59 pm

    That’s quite odd – someone over on the book of the face posted a pic today of the first dandelion of 2015 – in Ireland! Now, it’s notbeen cold here nor is it expected to be. But still, bloomin’ heck!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 8 2015 1:21 am

      Now that’s totally bizarre. County animal agencies have been out the past 3 days looking for horse/livestock that doesn’t have shelter and adequate food and water. Rounding them up and hauling them into protective custody…and charging owners with neglect. Some people don’t seem to understand nothing here is up to this kind of cold…it warms just above freezing for the weekend and then starts raining….they are talking possible sleet. Really not my favorite kind of winter. Thanks for sending a toasty comment


  7. dogear6 / Jan 8 2015 3:42 am

    It’s cold here too. I took both dogs out for a walk anyhow and now tonight everyone is tired, including me! I think the cold just wore us out faster.



    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 8 2015 3:28 pm

      The palms here think I’m the worst staff in the world insisting on wrapping them in coats and demanding they keep them on. RC simply snarls “Staff is so foolish. If plants were supposed to wear coats, they’d all have fur.” Molly must be feeling her sled dog connections and is happy to cavort in below freezing weather if it’s sunny…walks will be short until this wind stops. Thanks for leaving a cool comment


  8. gingerfightback / Jan 8 2015 7:40 am

    No berries on next door’s holly tree this year. Dad always said this meant a mild winter. So far….

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    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 8 2015 3:34 pm

      No that’s a folklore weather predictor that is new to me. Will remember that. Might be why the lantana bushes seemed to be muscling up in Nov. and really producing lots of flowers/berries which is a popular bird and wildlife food in winter. Both Molly and the German like to nibble the tender new leaves for tummy issues…I had to give them their own bush to protect the bird pantry.
      Hope things are going well – will wander over shortly – been MIA around blogs preparing for weather as houses are not built for extreme cold…and the Molly is very frisky going “What cold?”…
      Thanks for flying a comment over

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  9. jubilare / Jan 8 2015 3:39 pm

    My daffodils and crocus keep putting up leaves. I keep whispering “shhhh, too early!” but they never listen.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 9 2015 3:37 pm

      Early bloomers will never listen. Eventually, all the cold rainy weather here may mean lots of spring bluebonnets….months from now…wait little flowers! Thanks for planting a comment here

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  10. jannatwrites / Jan 8 2015 5:04 pm

    It must’ve been shocking when the cold temps turned her gray! It is sad when nature succumbs to winter, but all is new in the spring 🙂


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 9 2015 3:43 pm

      The puffy bloom was really the day before Christmas.I thought that was just one oddity…then there were more this week. Sadly they were cut down before their time…the subdivision yard guys mowed the medians…in the bitter cold…in the rain. YEah, gotta thrash any thoughts by grass of growing. It probably was shock to the dancing dandelions. Thanks for the soothing comment for the foliage.


  11. roughseasinthemed / Jan 9 2015 10:20 pm

    Looks like another year here of the summer and winter jasmine overlapping. Normally one ends and the other starts but of late, I’m getting both. Summer is still blooming and winter is starting to,bud. We’ll see.


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 10 2015 12:07 am

      We have winter pansies and summer weed flowers popping up like clover and woods violets.The oddest year. Raining again. It better bring a bumper crop of bluebonnets this spring who usually like this wretched weather. Mold between toes, no doubt…and wet dog towels everywhere. And most humorous is the lawn crews out in the cold rain mowing people’s yards – gotta convince the dormant grass not to even think about raising up a blade out of the mud. Molly would send a wave, but I think she’s in suspended animation again…maybe a nice fire with popcorn? Thanks for warming up a comment


  12. LifeOfBun / Jan 11 2015 11:49 pm

    Oehh the roaring twenties!! Yum!


  13. jmmcdowell / Jan 15 2015 6:47 pm

    I hope the weather’s getting better for you! We’re supposed to get back into the low 40s now and again starting this weekend, but I’m ready for spring. I haven’t seen any flowers fooled into sneaking out early around here this winter!


    • philosophermouseofthehedge / Jan 15 2015 9:15 pm

      Miserable morning, but almost 50 and sun now. Despite the mud, Molly’s getting a chance to meet some friends and gallop through the mire. Dogs can just be good for so long….and it’s been weeks of rain. The little violets took a hit but seem determined to bloom. And the yard weeds are appearing, so spring can’t be too far away. Thanks for chasing a comment over this way


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